Wednesday, October 8, 2014

How To Make Double-Sided Coin Rings - #1

Just to be sure everyone understands the term "double-sided", it will next be defined. Coin rings have been fabricated for literally decades previous to this current flurry of interest. But it is only recently that the technique known as "double-sided" has gained in popularity. Probably the last 10 or 12 years.

Rather than repeat what I have already written on this subject, I would refer to a page that is located on my Ross Coin Rings website.  If you will click on this link, it will open a specific page on my website, that talks briefly about the history surrounding the making of coin rings.

In essence then, a "double-sided" coin ring refers to a ring made from some type (or denomination) of coinage, whereby details of the original coin engraving are visible both on the outside of the band as well as the inside of the band. It should be pointed out that some "makers" tend to ignore the details on the inside of the band, and usually destroy most if not all of them because of their methods of fabrication. In those instances, the inside of the band ends up perfectly smooth or nearly smooth, leaving only the details on the outside of the band to be visible.  Of course these examples could not rightfully be considered double-sided, according to the above definition.

I should mention there is one other type of ring that is termed as a "coin ring", and these consist of the entire coin being attached to or set in the top of a ring mounting. In these rings, the coin is not damaged or changed in shape, but it is merely captured and set into the top bezel of a manufactured ring.

The next part of this discussion will begin to describe how to get started, if you are interested in trying to make a coin ring for yourself or as a gift to someone. There are certain basic tools that you will need to obtain, and you will need to learn certain basic procedures.

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